Company Law and Climate Change?

The 24th European Corporate Governance Conference: Company Law and Climate Change? - 12 December 2019 Helsinki

The conference organised under the Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union studies the role of company law and corporate governance in the actions against climate change and other related global ecological threats. It aims to provide for a policy discussion that covers both the legal and the economic and environmental aspects and consequences of possible action.

For the said purpose, the conference convenes company law and corporate governance policy-makers, corporate management, investors, corporate advisors and personnel, investors, NGOs and academia from both EU and around the world to a broad and open exchange.

Conference location: Mannerheimintie 34, 00100 Helsinki (on the map

Evening event location: Fabianinkatu 14, 00100 Helsinki (on the map)

The conference will be streamed online.  Watch the stream here.

Conference pre-readings can be found here.


8.30 - 9.00 Registration

9.00 - 9.15 OPENING REMARKS:

  • Antti Leinonen, Director General, Department for Private Law and Administration of Justice, Ministry of Justice
  • Dr. Timo Löyttyniemi, Vice Chair of the EU Single Resolution Board

9.15 - 10.45 PANEL I: State of play and way forward within the EU


  • Sustainable corporate governance in the wake of the climate crisis, by Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers European Commission
  • Securing the future of European business: the role of company law and corporate governance, by Beate Sjåfjell, Professor, Dr. Juris, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, SMART-project

MODERATOR  Salla Saastamoinen


  • Joëlle Simon, Deputy Director General Legal, MEDEF, Business Europe
  • Rytis Ambrazevičius, President, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance, ecoDa
  • Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO, Accountancy Europe
  • Sebastien Godinot, Head of sustainable finance, WWF European Policy Office
  • Petra Hedengran, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance, Investor AB
  • Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo

​To be followed by questions and comments from audience.

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 - 12.45 PANEL II: State of play and way forward – insights from outside the EU


  • Companies Should Maximize Shareholder Welfare Not Market Value, by Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack distinguished Service Professor, Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Corporate Governance, Value Creation and Economic Growth, by Mats Isaksson, Head of Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

MODERATOR  Luigi Zingales


  • Mateja Milič, Assonime, European Issuers
  • Kaisa Hietala, Partner, Gaia Group
  • Jukka Mähönen, Professor, University of Helsinki, University of Oslo
  • Rolf Skog, Professor in Company Law, Expert to the Swedish Ministry of Justice
  • Mats Isaksson, Head of Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

To be followed by questions and comments from audience.

12.45 - 13.45 Lunch

13.45 - 15.00 PANEL III: Corporate Governance and other means – efficiency, coherence and added value?


  • The Role of Investors and Corporate Governance in Firm Environmental Performance, by Alexander Dyck, Professor, Finance and Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


  • Aleksandra Palinska, Senior Regulatory Policy Adviser, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)
  • Robbert Gerritsen, Associate Director, Research, Institutional Shareholder Services
  • Hanna Hiidenpalo, Chief Investment Officer, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company
  • David Cooke, Policy Manager, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Jo Iwasaki, Investor Relations, Helsinki Capital Partners

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 16.40 Discussion continues, comments and questions from the audience


  • Antti Leinonen, Director General, Department for Private Law and Administration of Justice, Ministry of Justice
  • Dr. Timo Löyttyniemi


On December 11, beginning from 18:30, there will be a networking event held at the Helsinki Stock Exchange. As there is no formal agenda, conference guests can come and go as they please.

Registration for this event has already closed and the event is fully booked. You may enquire possible cancellation seats to the conference from the conference team ([email protected])

The conference is organised in association with European Commission DG for Justice and Consumers, FIN-FSA Financial Supervisory Authority, Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange, Directors Institute Finland, Confederation of Finnish Industries, The Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion, The Finnish Securities Market Association, The Finnish Shareholders’ Association and WWF Finland.

The Conference is financed by Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company,  Varma, Veritas Pension Insurance, Fortum, Nokia, The renewable materials company Stora Enso, UPMTaaleri Plc, Borenius Attorneys Ltd, Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys Ltd and EY.

Any questions concerning the conference may be addressed to [email protected]

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